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Several former Bat Cats make MLB training camp rosters

(UK Athletics)

(UK Athletics)

Major League Baseball is (almost) back and summer training camp rosters were announced throughout Sunday.

Several former Kentucky Baseball players made the 60-man rosters for their respective franchises, headlined by Evan White, who was added to the Seattle Mariners and could possibly make his MLB debut this summer. Joining White across the league, so far, are Chandler Shepard (Orioles), Luke Maile (Pirates), JT Riddle (Pirates), and Chris Rusin (Braves).

White, who played at UK from 2015-17, was considered one of the top prospects in baseball when he entered the 2017 Draft, and he was eventually selected 17th overall by the Mariners. Last November, he signed a six-year deal with Seattle after hitting .293 in the minors. During his tenure at Kentucky, White, a dangerous two-way player, was an All-SEC performer, an All-Defense team member, and also batted a team-high .376 in 2016.

Shepard (who attended UK from 2012-14) is a Kentucky native who pitched for three seasons at the college level in Lexington. As a Wildcat senior, he was rated as a top-70 prospect in the country before the Boston Red Sox drafted him in the 13th round of the 2014 MLB Draft. Shepard made his major league debut last July as a Baltimore Oriole, pitching four innings and allowing one run against the New York Yankees.

Luke Maile (2010-12) and JT Riddle (2011-12) is another duo of Bluegrass natives and former UK teammates who will both suit up for the Pittsburgh Pirates this July. Maile has already made his MLB debut, as he’s been fluctuating in and out of the majors as a catcher since 2015. He was drafted in the 43rd round of the 2009 Draft. As for Riddle, the 28-year old was a member of the now-Miami Marlins franchise until he signed with the Pirates in January. Named Mr. Kentucky Baseball back in 2010, Riddle was one of the most productive infielders the UK program has ever produced.

Finally, Chris Rusin (2006-09) is the veteran of the former ‘Cats. The 33-year old has previously played for the Colorado Rockies and Chicago Cubs organizations before the Atlanta Braves brought him on. Rusin is a left-handed pitcher who was tabbed as an All-SEC First Teamer as a junior back at UK in 2008.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

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